5 Sports-Luxe Men's Essentials For Summer
With the relaxing of men’s style codes, sportswear is your style staple for this summer. But, that doesn’t mean you can head to the office or a fancy restaurant date in your gym shorts and tatty running shoes.
Truth is, certain active items run better than others in the style stakes. From track pants to tennis shoes, click through the gallery below are the best sports-luxe staples to inspire your casual summer style:
Better known as the unstructured blazer, the sports coat distinctively references the English university uniform jacket worn by rowing teams. And summer men’s smart casual essential. Compared to a suit jacket, it’s cut shorter at the waist and is made without traditional lining too, so it’s relaxed on the shoulder.
In 2018, opt for a navy cotton or beige linen version—like this Paul Smith number—and pair with a contrasting dark or light chino, depending on the jacket colour. A leather loafer completes the look.
Available at paulsmith.com
Once contained to the couch, the sporty pant—inspired from the bottoms worn by athletes pre-race—is made warm weather-ready via breathable tech and nylon blends. With luxury brands catching wind of the track pant trend, today's styles are more form-friendly too, so they’re as comfortable as they are cool.
Pair these Givenchy track pants with a summer parka for rainy days or simply a plain t-shirt with low-cut luxury leather sneakers to run the sports feels right down to your toes.
Available at matchesfashion.com
The humble tennis shoe, made famous in the '70s by Adidas' Stan Smith, is having its fashion moment and—dare we say—it’s here to stay for good. But, keep between the lines: leather is always better, and neutral tones are preferred.
A white pair, like these Saint Laurent sneakers, will look neat with any outfit. It’s sleek, minimal and is the perfect option even with tailored trousers or a full-blown summer suit.
Available at ssense.com
Your casual jacket this summer has to be the coach jacket. A boss to the collegiate varsity jacket, the coach is characterised by a pointed collar, snap-button front and hip pockets—a simple and functional design that today comes in a variety of colours, motif prints and logos.
The lightness of this jacket is the key, and when it comes to styling, items like this APC coach jacket are best worn like an over-shirt paired with shorts and high-top sneakers.
Available at mrporter.com
Top off your summer look with a baseball cap. Fashionably cool again, the hat is your go-to summer accessory in 2018, and is super practical in the way it shields your face from the sun’s rays.
There are two main styles: the major league sports style with embroidered logo or number—like this Balenciaga number—and the plain cap that can be sourced in more fashionable fabrics like denim, canvas, and corduroy in an array of colours. Caps are an easy way to add vibrancy to an outfit without putting too much emphasis on the fact. Effortless.
Available at balenciaga.com
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